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May 12, 2020

Navigating The Transition To Remote Work

Navigating The Transition To Remote Work Remote work not only ensures the continuation of business productivity, it is also an effective way to offset the impacts of COVID-19.

With most parts of the globe under strict lockdowns due to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), more businesses are asking their employees to work from home (WFH) in compliance with social distancing precautions set by governments around the world. The possibility of allowing workers to perform their job duties at home is helping companies protect public health and ensure the continuity of the business at the same time.

Remote work is proving to be a smart and effective way to offset the impacts of COVID-19 while transforming businesses inside and out. With employers asking their staff to continue completing their tasks outside the office, remote work is fast becoming the ‘new normal.’ It provides new ways and opens possibilities for businesses to engage with clients and other stakeholders with minimal disruption in productivity. 

Working from home in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Republic Act No. 11058 or the Telecommuting Law was passed on Dec. 20, 2018. Authored by Sen. Joel Villanueva, the law encourages the private sector to adopt telecommuting. This work arrangement allows employees to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication or other relevant technology. 

Aside from the legislation, current telecommunications investments in infrastructure, coupled with companies and businesses acquiring best-in-class software and hardware operated by a tech-savvy workforce, made remote work a more attractive proposition today.

Programs and apps for WFH

The rise of teleconferencing tools like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, WebEx and Microsoft Teams has facilitated meetings and brainstorming sessions via the virtual space. Live video feeds are enabling out-of-office workers and their colleagues to see and speak to one another in real-time, which is the next best thing to a face-to-face meeting. Some have opted to rely on mobile devices, cloud technology such as Google Drive and other online platforms that yield amazing results. 

For companies involved in media, entertainment, marketing, advertising, public relations and other creative lines of work, job-related communication, files and approvals are exchanged through email chains, messaging apps and chat rooms such as Slack, Viber and even Messenger. As long as employees can finish their work at the same level of quality, within the allotted time frame, and communicate well with clients and superiors, they can set up shop and hunker down to work anywhere with dependable broadband or Wi-Fi connection.

Even BPO companies started to work remotely when the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented. Deviating from a traditional office-based and on-site environment, many BPO companies have opted to deliver computer sets complete with broadband kits, right at the doorstep of their employees so that essential services can continue unhampered, especially now that most of the world is under lockdown. 

The modern workforce is increasingly mobile, collaborative and dynamic as it adapts to the new realities of a world under the strain of a pandemic. And while boundaries between our homes and offices blur, we can opt to #StaySmart and rely on Smart’s connectivity solutions for us to collaborate and come together, coming out better and stronger after these trying times. 

Visit www.smart.com.ph for more information. You may also check out the hashtag #StaySmart on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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